Irish Web Design issued a warning this week as yet another client had his preferred domain name robbed from under his nose.
We were in the process of securing the preferred .ie, .net and .com domains our client had settled on. It came as a nasty surprise to discover that the rather unusual .com domain name had been registered just days previously.
It transpired the client had been checking possible names for his new website some days previously and checked the preferred option on one of the many sites that appear at the top of Google.
There are many stories on the internet where people claim that the giant American company godaddy.com engage in this practice.
It appears that as soon as he logged out of the site automated software registered the domain name he was searching for.
The company who registered the site have no use for it, but they now own the name the client wanted.
The domain is available but first the client would need to appoint a company to negotiate for him, which is $69 to start with. Then he has to state in advance how much he is willing to pay. It is not uncommon for companies to demand thousands of Euro in order for them to hand over “your” name. If successful the ‘agent’ then adds another 10% on top
Back in the days of the James brothers you knew you were dealing with robbing low-life bandits, but this form of robbery is corporate extortion on a massive scale.
You have no idea what the connections are between the agent, the company who registered the site and the company on whose site you first carried out the search.
The only thing you can be certain of is that you have been well and truly screwed.
The moral of the story?
Under no circumstances should you check the availability of domain names unless you know exactly what you are doing.
If you fail to heed this advice it may end up costing you thousands of Euro as you are subjected to information highway robbery.
Your Domain Name Robbed an article by Irish Web Design